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The Contractors are 95% done

And now our work has begun.

We have unpacked most of the boxes. We are loving all the appliances. The table that has been in my family since it came over on the boat from Norway over a century ago, fits into banquette perfectly.

And most exciting of all the sink and counters are in. Life is good. Now as soon as I get the office set up again I can start sewing the pad for the benches, curtains and pillows. I need to set up the command center.

I am finding things to put on my open shelves and choosing what counter appliances go where.

The cat loves the countertops. I tried to set boundaries for her and she bit me, repeatedly. She is a bad cat.



Kitchen Reno: Adding some bling

After hours and hours of searching through photos online I had decided on the hardware for the kitchen cabinets. We headed to Menards to see if they had a slightly cheaper option in the same style as my favorite online hardware and impulsively changed my vision of softening up all the angles of our shaker cabinets with classic round knobs to going for a more fun and playful octagon knob. It may not look that different but I think it makes a huge difference.

I love my Octoknobs. Tim loves them too because they are… something mathematical.

I went around and marked all the cabinets and then Tim did the scariest Kitchen Reno job yet. He drilled into our brand new custom cabinets.




And then the meticulous and scary pulls were marked, templates lined up and Tim started drilling again.




Putting in the pulls took an extra trip to Menards. It took Tim three separate drill bits to get each hole drilled for the pulls. There are two holes needed per knob. Tim put in 7 pulls on Sunday afternoon.

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It was a long process to get all the knobs and pulls in and they still are not all in.

I can not figure out what to do for the wider drawers. Two pulls per drawer? And then what should I do for the tall doors on the pantries? More knobs or a handle?

The other thing that Tim did on Sunday was getting the new light fixture installed. We see the contractor every few days. Sometimes he stops by for 20 minutes and sometimes it is for a few hours. It is never consistent and it never feels super productive. Maybe I just have a bad attitude after 3 months of what the contractor said would be a 3 week project. But I am not impressed. Tim and I have been doing more than we should to keep the process moving, but if it gets us closer to finished we will install lights and hardware.

I will post a better photo of the new light soon.

For now you can bask in the glory of our awesome camping sink situation. I know you are jealous. That faucet used to give me something to look forward to while I did dishes in a tub that I filled from the bathroom sink. Now I just feel like that faucet is mocking me.

Renovation Update

and then I will tell you about our incredible trip to Disney World.

The night before we left for Tim’s Annual General Meeting (the reason we were able to piggyback a trip to The Happiest Place on Earth) we sold our stove and microwave to a man who answered our ad in Craigslist. Have I ever told you how much I love the internet? We put up an ad and the next day we sold our stove and microwave, they paid us cash and hauled them both away. If we wouldn’t have sold them they would have been hauled away and been destroyed. We made some cash for our trip and spared the landfills a couple of appliances that still had years of life left in them.

When we left on the 13th Tim and I were doing our best to be optimistic. We would be gone for 8 days and we were told the floors would be finished when we got home. We were told the cabinets would be installed. We were told the basement would be finished.

When we left the house the dust had just settled from the wall they knocked down between the kitchen and the dining room.

Six days from when we left (the 19th) and two days before we were scheduled to head home from Florida Tim talked to our contractor on the phone and was informed that electrical took up most of the week and that flooring wouldn’t be started until the next day.

I almost threw an over tired and over stimulated toddler style tantrum as if I had been told NO I couldn’t have a $55 3 foot tall Minnie Mouse. Disney is a great place but I think they may hold the world record for tantrums by both adults and kids per-capita.

Tim reassured me that as long as the basement was done, we could survive.

We got home on Friday the 21st and the basement wasn’t done

Tim threw a man-sized swearing tantrum, drank a beer and sulked. I joined him because sometimes throwing fits is good for the soul.

To all the families that I told to suck it up while they whined on HGTV about how renovations are hard, I am so so very sorry. You are right. Renovations suck. It is hard to keep your eye on the new cabinet and freshly lacquered floor prize when nail guns are firing, you have three hungry kids and no kitchen.

Tim and I worked our asses off Saturday and finished all the little things that the contractor was supposed to finish in the basement (except lights and vents) so we could start putting the basement back together. By 11pm on Saturday night we had desks and computers set up in the office. Nerd priorities people. Computers come before couches in this house.

Today, Sunday, the contractor and his assistant installed cabinets and I posted our fridge as a FREE CURB ALERT!!! on craigslist and it was picked up with in 2 hours (I love the internet!). We got the basement to a place that was organized enough to order a pizza and watch Frozen as a family.

Tomorrow we check into a hotel and spend the next 4 out of the 5 weeknight sleeping at a hotel just 10 minutes from our home. The only redeeming thing about our hotel stay is the free breakfast and the pool. We would all, including the kids, rather be at home but in order to avoid the fumes on the staining and sealing process of the floor we are packing up and moving out. Again.

This is where we are now. God willing we will have stained and sealed floors by the end of the week.






I am having uploading issues right now and we check into a hotel tonight so it will probably be a few days before I can get more photos up. For now, bask in the glory of those white shaker cabinets!

Kitchen Reno: Nook Plans

I never finished my communications degree. I never really cared that I didn’t get that double major until I dreamed up this nook in my head and then tried to explain it to contractors and cabinet makers. Thank God for Tim and the years he has spent learning to speak and translate Meg’s Big Ideas because without him and the help of Google SketchUp, I don’t think this kitchen would ever get built.

Here are my plans for the Kitchen Nook or Banquette as Tim translated them from fuzzy words, estimated measurements and bad sketches into Sketchup with precise measurements.

So where are we with the renovations? We have hired a contractor and put a large down payment towards the reno. We have met with countless cabinetry people and chose a local guy with a shop in his backyard that does amazing work and is fairly priced (Go Local!). We have bought kitchen appliances and they will be delivered in March. We have begun the long process of cleaning out rooms and making donate, garbage and store-in-garage-until-after-reno piles.

Last night Tim and I sealed off the play room and scraped the popcorn off the ceiling. We opted to DIY wherever we could to save us money so we could pocket the cash for predictable “unforeseen costs” that we have been warned will arise with any renovations of this size. So we scrapped the ceilings to save a few hundred dollars so when plumbers need to move a water line or contractor needs to rewire something, we are prepared. Plus… I love DIYing and seeing Tim in a face mask makes me smile. Follow me on Instagram for live updates on all things reno and kids.